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Nat 'King' Cole (1919–1965)


Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he ... See full bio »

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The Nat King Cole Show
The Nat King Cole Show Himself - Host
(1956-1957)
Watchmen
Watchmen Soundtrack
(2009)
Grumpy Old Men
Grumpy Old Men Soundtrack
(1993)
End of Days
End of Days Soundtrack
(1999)

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 2018 Ambulance (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2018 The Good Place (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 Golic and Wingo (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 Gregory Porter's Popular Voices (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 Popular Voices at the BBC (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 Stuck on You (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Magnificent Obsession" - uncredited)
 2017 Greenleaf (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2017 Crashing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2017 Love Locks (TV Movie) (performer: "L-O-V-E" - uncredited)
 2017 Feud (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2016 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2016 The 25 Songs of Christmas (TV Movie) (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2016 This Is Us (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary) (performer: "Route 66")
 2015-2016 Person of Interest (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2016 The First Monday in May (Documentary) (performer: "Stardust")
 2008-2016 The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2016 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2016 Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (Documentary) (performer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" written by nm0170713 & nm0590030)
 2013-2015 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
 2015/I Joy (performer: "Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To Me)", "Winter Wonderland", "A House With Love In It")
 2015 Fallout 4 (Video Game) (performer: "Orange Colored Sky")
 2015 The Vampire Diaries (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2015/II Sophia (Short) (performer: "Airiness a la Nat")
 2015 De nærmeste (performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Maria Elena")
 2014 Hockney (Documentary) (performer: "L-O-V-E")
 2012-2014 Cuéntame (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2014 Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark (Documentary) ("Love is a Many Splendored Thing") / (performer: "I'm Lost", "Little Joe from Chicago", "Magic Window", "My Kinda Love", "Nature Boy", "Smile", "Stardust", "Sweet Lorraine", "Unforgettable") / (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 2014 Meet the Patels (Documentary) (performer: "L-O-V-E")
 2013 The Best Man Holiday (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
 2013 The Blacklist (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
  The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 2013) (performer - 1 episode, 2011)
 2013 42 (writer: "Straighten Up And Fly Right")
 2013 Family Guy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2013 Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (Documentary) (performer: "It's Only A Paper Moon")
 2012 The Richest Songs in the World (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "The Christmas Song" - uncredited)
 2012 Parenthood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2012 Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Let There Be Love")
 2012 Breaking Bad (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2012 Jack Irish: Bad Debts (TV Movie) (performer: "The Very Thought of You")
 2012 Lotta & die großen Erwartungen (TV Movie) (performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" - as Nat King Cole, uncredited)
 2011-2012 New Girl (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2012 Magnifica presenza (performer: "Perfidia")
 2008-2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
 2012 Als je verliefd wordt (performer: "When I Fall In Love")
 2012 Pan Am (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2011 Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2011 Kirstie's Handmade Britain (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2011 My Week with Marilyn (performer: "You Stepped Out of a Dream", "Autumn Leaves" (Les Feuilles Mortes) - as Nat King Cole)
 2011 Bienvenue à bord (performer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2011 Hung (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2011 Shirley (TV Movie) (writer: "Calypso Blues")
 2011 I Don't Know How She Does It (performer: "L-O-V-E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2011 Violet & Daisy (performer: "Answer Me, My Love")
 2011 Formula 1: BBC Sport (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2011 American Idol (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010 Olivia (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010 Oca (performer: "Nature Boy")
 2010 Fallout: New Vegas (Video Game) (performer: "Love Me Though There Were No Tomorrow")
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) (writer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT" - uncredited)
 2010 Treme (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010 California's Gold (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010/I Valentine's Day (performer: "Te Quiero, Dijiste" - as Nat King Cole)
 2010 Desperate Housewives (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2010 Leap Year (performer: "MORE AND MORE OF YOUR AMOR")
 2009 Prep & Landing (TV Short) (performer: "The Christmas Song" - as Nat King Cole)
  Fringe (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
 2009 Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Dream", "Save the Bones for Henry Jones", "Autumn Leaves" (Les Feuilles Mortes))
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2009 La chica de ayer (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2009 Loose Women (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2009 Watchmen (performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole)
 2009 Dancing on Ice (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2009 Dieta mediterránea (performer: "Ay, cosita linda")
 2008 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2008 Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2008 The Express (performer: "Send For Me")
 2008 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2008 Doctors (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 How About You... (performer: "Let There Be Love")
 2007 The War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 Big Love (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (performer: "L O V E" - as Nat King Cole)
 2007 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 Hotel Babylon (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2007 Dlaczego nie! (performer: "When I Fall in Love")
 2006 Ugly Betty (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2006 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
 2006 Running with Scissors (performer: "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)" (1947), "Stardust" (1927) - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Steps (Short) (performer: "Ballerina")
 2006 Love and Other Disasters (performer: "L.O.V.E." - as Nat King Cole)
 2006 Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Star Dust")
 2006 Take the Lead (performer: "Fascination")
 2006 Idols! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2006 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2005 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2005 Veronica Mars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2005 Australian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2005 Little Manhattan (performer: "The Very Thought Of You")
 2005 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2005 Wah-Wah (performer: "Stay As Sweet As You Are")
 2005 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
  Uvolnete se, prosím (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2005) (music - 1 episode, 2005)
 2002-2004 EastEnders (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 2004 Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2004 School for Seduction (performer: "Cappucina/Permettete Signorina" - as Nat King Cole)
 2004/I Ray (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - as Nat King Cole)
 2004 Suwingu gâruzu (performer: "L. O. V. E.")
 2004 Canadian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
  The 4400 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2004) (writer - 1 episode, 2004)
 2004 2046 (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" - as Nat King Cole)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
 2003 Idols (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2003 Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (Documentary) (performer: "Avalon" (1920))
 2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 Catch Me If You Can (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2002 Ah! Si j'étais riche (performer: "Smile")
 2002 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2002 À la folie... pas du tout (performer: "L.O.V.E.")
 2002 The Rookie (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 2001 The Majestic (performer: "Orange Colored Sky", "I Remember You")
 2001 One Night with Robbie Williams (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 2001 Corky Romano (performer: "L O V E")
 2001 Boycott (TV Movie) (performer: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home')
 2001 Frasier (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 2000 In the Mood for Love (performer: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes", "Te Quiero Dijiste", "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás", "Li-Zhen's Dialogue / Te Quiero Dijiste (Magic Is The Moonlight)", "Maria Elena", "Solamente Una Vez (You Belong To My Heart)")
 2000 Jack of All Trades (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" - as Nat King Cole)
 1999 End of Days (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1998 Rounders (performer: "That's The Kind Of Girl I Dream Of")
 1998 Wrongfully Accused (performer: "When I Fall In Love" - as Nat King Cole)
 1998 The Parent Trap (performer: "L O V E")
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 1998 Primary Colors (performer: "UNFORGETTABLE" - as Nat King Cole)
 1997 British Men Behaving Badly (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1997 As Good as It Gets (performer: "FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS (I LOVE YOU)" - as Nat King Cole)
 1997 Stag (performer: "How Does It Feel")
 1997 That Old Feeling (performer: "Love")
 1997 Private Parts (performer: "Pretend" - as Nat King Cole)
 1996 101 Dalmatians (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 Jingle All the Way (performer: "The Christmas Song")
 1996 Dear God (as Nat King Cole, "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1996 Faithful (performer: "Let's Face The Music And Dance" - as Nat King Cole)
 1996 Unforgettable (performer: "Unforgettable" - as Nat King Cole)
 1995 Grumpier Old Men (performer: "Almost Like Being In Love")
 1995 Friends (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1995 Golden Anniversary (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Straighten Up and Fly Right") / (music: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1995 The American President (performer: "Deck the Halls" - uncredited)
 1995 Home for the Holidays (performer: "Candy", "The Very Thought of You")
 1995 Three Wishes (performer: "A Blossom Fell")
 1993-1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie) (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right")
 1994 ER (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1994 I Like It Like That (performer: "L-O-V-E" - as Nat King Cole)
 1994 With Honors (performer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)")
 1994 The Ref (arranger: "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Adeste Fidelis") / (performer: "The Christmas Song", "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Adeste Fidelis")
 1993 Kung kailangan mo ako (performer: "Unforgetable")
 1993 Grumpy Old Men (arranger: "O Holy Night", "Joy to the World") / (performer: "O Holy Night", "Joy to the World")
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (performer: "Stardust")
 1993 Torch Song (TV Movie) (performer: "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1988-1993 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
 1993 La ardilla roja (performer: "Let There Be Love")
 1993 This Boy's Life (performer: "Smile")
 1993 El amante bilingüe (performer: "Perfidia")
 1993 Untamed Heart (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1993 Groundhog Day (performer: "Almost Like Being in Love" - as Nat King Cole)
 1992 That Night (performer: "Let There Be Love")
  Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1992) (performer - 1 episode, 1989)
 1992 The Long Day Closes (performer: "Stardust")
 1992 Home Improvement (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1991 Guilty by Suspicion (performer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT") / (writer: "STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT")
 1990 The Freshman (performer: "MONA LISA")
 1990 Quick Change (performer: "L-O-V-E")
 1989 Lágrimas al desayuno (Short) ("El bodeguero")
 1989 The Last Winter (performer: "Smile")
 1989 Strapless (performer: "When I Fall In Love")
 1989 See You in the Morning (performer: "When I Fall in Love")
 1989 Scandal ("Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer")
 1987 Tin Men (performer: "Sweet Lorraine")
 1986 Un hombre de éxito (performer: "El bodeguero")
 1986 Mona Lisa (performer: "MONA LISA", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1982 My Favorite Year (performer: "Stardust" (1927))
 1982 The World According to Garp (performer: "There Will Never Be Another You")
 1980 Raging Bull (performer: "Mona Lisa" (1949))
 1980 Caboblanco (performer: "The Very Thought Of You")
 1978 Fedora (performer: "Tenderly" - uncredited)
 1975 Smile (performer: "Smile" (1936))
 1973 Badlands (performer: "A BLOSSOM FELL")
 1973 Some Call It Loving ("The Very Thought of You")
 1965 Cat Ballou (performer: "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" - uncredited)
 1964 Felicia (performer: "Felicia")
 1964 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1963 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1963 An Evening with Nat King Cole (TV Movie) (performer: "Unforgettable")
 1963 In the Cool of the Day (performer: "In the Cool of the Day")
 1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1961 Wild is Love (TV Movie) (performer: "Wild is Love", "Hundreds and Thousands of Girls", "It's a Beautiful Evening", "Are You Disenchanted?", "Pick Up", "Beggar for the Blues", "In Love Again", "Stay With It", "He Who Hesitates", "Wild is Love (Finale)")
 1960 Schlager-Raketen (performer: "Mona Lisa")
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
  Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 1959) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1959)
 1959 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1958 St. Louis Blues (performer: "Morning Star", "Careless Love", "Saint Louis Blues")
 1956-1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (performer - 25 episodes)
 1957 Raintree County (performer: "Raintree County")
 1957 China Gate (performer: "China Gate")
 1957 Istanbul (performer: "I WAS A LITTLE TOO LONELY", "WHEN I FALL IN LOVE")
 1956 Autumn Leaves (performer: "Autumn Leaves" (Les Feuilles Mortes))
 1956 The Scarlet Hour (performer: "Never Let Me Go")
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (performer: "Calypso Blues") / (writer: "Calypso Blues")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
 1955 The Nat 'King' Cole Musical Story (Short) (performer: "Sweet Lorraine", "Route 66", "Pretend", "That's My Girl")
 1955 Rock 'n' Roll Revue (Short) (performer: "The Trouble With Me Is You")
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly (performer: "Rather Have the Blues")
 1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba (performer: "Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)")
 1953 Small Town Girl (performer: "My Flaming Heart" - uncredited)
 1953 The Blue Gardenia (performer: "Blue Gardenia")
 1952 Nat 'King' Cole and Joe Adams Orchestra (Short) (performer: "Too Young", "Destination Moon", "That's My Girl")
 1951 Calypso Blues (Short) (writer: "Calypso Blues" - as Nathaniel Cole)
 1951 Nature Boy (Short) (performer: "Nature Boy")
 1951 When I Fall in Love (Short) (performer: "WHenI Fall in Love")
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom (performer: "The Trouble With Me is You")
 1948 Killer Diller (lyrics: "Ooh, Kickeroonie") / (music: "Breezy and the Bass", "Ooh, Kickeroonie")
 1948 The Fight Never Ends (writer: "Call the Police")
 1946 Make Mine Music (performer: "Tres Palabras" - uncredited)
 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood (writer: "It's Better To Be By Yourself")
 1945 Her Lucky Night (writer: "Straighten Up and Fly Right" - as Nat Cole)
 1944 Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby? (Short) (performer: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?")
 1943 Here Comes Elmer (writer: "Straighten Up Fly Right")
 1943 Stormy Weather (music: "That Ain't Right" (1941) - uncredited)
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Other Works:

His song compositions include "I'm a Shy Guy", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "That Ain't Right", "It's Better to Be by Yourself", "Just for Old Time's Sake", "Calypso Blues", "With You on My Mind", and "To Whom It May Concern". See more »

Publicity Listings:

13 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nat King Cole | King Cole Trio | the King Cole Trio

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

All I want to do is sing and make people happy. See more »

Trivia:

Winner of a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 1989. Incredibly enough, he was nominated for a Grammy only once in his lifetime, in 1958, and lost. See more »

Trademark:

Raspy voice

Nickname:

King Cole

Star Sign:

Pisces

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